Updated Feb 9, 2020 - World

Mass shooting in Thailand mall: What we know so far

Security personnel prepare to enter the Terminal 21 mall, where a mass shooting took place in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. Photo: Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP via Getty Images

A soldier killed at least 26 people and wounded 52 others in a shooting at a popular shopping mall in northeastern Thailand before being killed inside the building, the country's prime minister told a news conference Sunday, per Channel News Asia.

What else we know: Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha told reporters the soldier's 17-hour shooting spree began Saturday over a "debt dispute," AFP reports.

  • Defense Ministry spokesperson Lt. Gen. Kongcheep Tantrawanich said the soldier, identified as Sgt. Maj. Jakrapanth Thomma, was behind the attack in Terminal 21 mall in the northeastern city of Nakhon Ratchasim, per AP.
  • The rampage started at a military base, where he shot a superior officer and injured several others, the New York Times notes.
  • Facebook told the NYT it identified a brief live video posted by the suspected shooter. Sarah Pollack, a Facebook spokesperson, told the Times that Facebook had not found evidence that the shooting was streamed on Facebook Live.

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Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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Facebook offers up to $5 for voice recordings to train speech recognition

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Facebook is offering users up to $5 via PayPal to record themselves saying "Hey Portal" and then list the first names of no more than 10 Facebook friends, The Verge reports and Axios has confirmed.

The big picture: Facebook is pitching users a small amount of money in exchange for personal data to train its speech recognition tech after reports that it and other Big Tech companiesGoogle, Apple, Microsoft, and Amazon — have listened to their users for that reason without consent.

"Facebook: The Inside Story" paints a revealing portrait of the tech giant

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Tech writer Steven Levy's new book, "Facebook: The Inside Story," goes on sale on Tuesday. He told Axios his reporting for the 583-page tome, which he started working on in 2015, took a dramatic turn after the Cambridge Analytica scandal and revelations following the 2016 election.

Why it matters: Since Levy already had a seat inside the company when its broader problems arose, he was on the frontlines as Facebook scrambled to address an onslaught of challenges posed by policymakers in Washington and elsewhere.

Mass shooting in Milwaukee: What we know

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Six people died in a shooting at the Molson Coors Brewing Company in Milwaukee on Wednesday, including the gunman, Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters at a Wednesday evening press conference with local police.

Details: All of the victims worked at the brewery complex, as did the shooter who died of "an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound," police confirmed in a statement late Wednesday.

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